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So continuing the new  to me  butterfly theme, the Dark Green fritillary, a fst flying butterly that biefly paused to share a thistle with a bee.Call Dark Green, apparently because it is darker-the black spots- and greener-the slight green tinge on the underwing,- than the High Brown fritillary. the Fritillaries were described but not named in about 1590 (according to Peter Marren's wonderful book (Emporers Admirals and chimney Sweepers)  around the same time as the Fritillary plant was named, and both may have somethin to do with the Roman name for a chequered gaming board. Also a 6 spotted Burnet moth (its got 6 spots)

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Continuing my love affair with the Marbled White, here is another male, and a female, which has brown underwings

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and here is a common butterfly the Ringlet (in France its common name is apparently Le Tristan or the sorrowful one) and then the Silver Washed Fritillary-it has silver "washes" on its upper wings which you cannot  see on this photo!,

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and finally this time of year sees the madness that is tryin to find the Purple Emporer it lis around tree tops until the male, who needs minerals to get into breeding condition comes to the round mostly to feed on dog shit. As we have a very good site in Northamptonshire, and I was not working on thursday morning, i went bright and early to aviod the crowds, wot wiv social distancing an all.And was one of 12 gathered around this individual who at last ahd the decency to try to hide its meal. i must admit I felt uncomfortable even though i was able to keep my distance.I did seem very silly

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whilst walking to Fotheringay (birthpalce of Richard third) e came across quite a few GateKeeper butterflies-they have 2 white spots in their "eye" as opposed to the Meadow Brown's one spot, and are a lovely orangy brown. according to Peter Marren's wonderful book, they were first iven the common name (By Thomas Petiver 1665-17180  "The Hedge-Eye with double specks" which did not catch on.it is also known as the Hedge Brown and its latin name-given to it by Linnaeus- refers to Tithonus who was a boy who wanted to be immortal but forgot to read the samll print of Zeuss's offer and only became immortal after he was very old

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We also saw the Herald moth (i think)  which apparently reminds one of a Herald's traditional costume though its latin name refers to a Roman priestess.in Holland they call it  Roeje ( robe) but in Germany it is called Zackeneule, the Pink Owl

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Here is a silver washed fritillary, sadly rather weathered, but you can see the silver washes on its wings as sort of losenge shaped markings

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And here is a Brown Argus, which is a memeber of the Blues and looks very similar with its wings closed to a lot of the blue family-the thin (as oppsoed to thick!) black line round the edes is as they say "diagnostic"  the english name is after the mythial Greek shepherd who had a lot more eyes then  could be considered reasonable

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About 2 weeks ago we came across a lot of six spotted Burnet moths all emerging at the same time-about 10-in the same wildflower meadow

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Late August and September are coming @Towlersonsafari so soon I will have some lepidoptera pix to contribute.    Thanks for your contributions.

 

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